In this simulation the player takes on the role of an air traffic controller and safely guides the airplanes to their destinations! This is an ASCII text-based game much like the later Atari ST game of the same name. Each plane on the screen is represented by a letter and arrow. A list off to the side lists all planes in the airspace, their location, destination, fuel, course, and altitude. The player must guide some planes to land at specific airports; other planes must be guided to specific exit points on the airspace boundaries.
June 28, 2016 Subject:
I love this so much
This is a good old fashioned time-management game. I recommend playing once on level 5 to get the hang of it, but the real fun comes when you get to the higher levels and you have to make decisions fast.
To have your plane change heading you press the letter of the plane and the direction.
To land a plane you have to get clearance via F3+(letter of plane).
Leaving planes at the airport for an entire "update" docks points, F4+(letter of plane) will begin takeoff.
Press F6 to skip ahead to next update (you get awarded some points for this).
Planes can occupy the same area as long as they are not the same altitude.
The higher your altitude the less fuel you'll use. To change altitude press F2 then (letter of plane) then a number 1-6 to set altitude at 1000-6000. 6000 is the highest altitude and uses 8 fuel per update, 1000 is the lowest and uses 51 fuel per update.
F5 will check when other planes are arriving.
Adam Randall -
November 21, 2015 Subject:
ASCII Control, This is Major Tom Cruise
25 seconds is a long time to wait for airplanes positions to update...Oh.
I jerk awake in time to observe a long string of my saliva twist and tumble in midair. I fell asleep watching ASCII letters land on other ASCII symbols. Two flights are off course. Five planes collide. Hundreds of ASCII folk are dead. I discover too late that f6 would have sped things up.
The game asks me if I want to start again.
My response is 'no.'
September 8, 2015 Subject:
Air Traffic Controller
Finally I know what it's like to be an air traffic controller. Finally I understand.
September 7, 2015 Subject:
Most of the controls listed don't seem to apply, or function at a weird delay.
Frame skipping either way didn't seem to do much to improve this.